Group D: FC Sipar edge AGMK FC to finish third
Yogyakarta: Tajikistan’s FC Sipar finished third in Group D of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 after a 2-1 win over AGMK FC of Uzbekistan on Monday.
AGMK began proceedings on the attacking foot, applying early pressure on FC Sipar, who took a more defensive approach.
Despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession, AGMK’s multiple shots on targets could not find the back of the net with Akbar Usmanov coming closest in the 10th minute when Shukhrat Tojiboev’s pass found him unmanned in front of the box but his right-footed strike flew wide to the right.
FC Sipar faced slight difficulty in crossing the half-line mark, and when they did, their shots were rarely on target but two minutes later, Sobirdzhon Gulyakov’s shot successfully forced AGMK goalkeeper Rustam Umarov into making his first save of the game.
However, FC Sipar’s defence wasn’t perfect and in the 14th minute was nearly breached when Jamoliddin Sharipov’s flick shot was poorly handled by Dilshod Solomov, who deflected the ball into the direction of his own goal but custodian Shukhrat Bibudov was quick to react, punching the ball away.
In the second half, FC Sipar were more confident in their movement and took the game to AGMK.
While still playing mostly on defence, their patience paid off in the 27th minute, as FC Sipar moved on a counter-attack that saw Umed Kuziev’s shot get body blocked by Umarov but Iqboli Vositzoda latched onto the rebound and made no mistake from close range to break the deadlock.
Less than two minutes later, FC Sipar doubled their lead when Kuziev lost his marker to hit home after Solomov’s initial shot wasn’t properly dealt with.
In the 35th minute, AGMK slowed down the pace of the game and introduced power player Konstantin Sviridov, looking for a more clinical approach in the final third but it only paid dividends in the final 30 seconds through Sharipov’s effort, which proved to be too little too late.
FC Sipar Head Coach Benyamin Eghbaly:
"This match was difficult for my team but we did well as Tajikistan representatives. Finishing third in the group is still very good for Tajikistan because this shows that the futsal development is progressing in the country, and that's important. This tournament is really good for Asia, because the clubs challenge one another to be champions of Asia, and that in turns improves futsal in the Continent."
AGMK FC Head Coach Aleksandr Petrov:
"We still have our Uzbek league back home, and we will carry on and improve there. Also, thanks to the organisation for the hospitality."